REP. DONNA STONE: NO RUN FOR
Posted: Feb. 6, 2004
State Rep. Donna Stone, a
Dover Republican, today put an end to speculation that she may run
for the post of insurance commissioner in this fall’s general
“I’m flattered by the
confidence that so many people have in my abilities and by the
encouragement I’ve received to run for commissioner,” Rep. Stone
said. “But I think I can be of the most service by remaining in the
State House and helping my constituents in Dover and Kent County.”
Rep. Stone’s potential
candidacy for the position had been a topic of conjecture ever since
Republican Insurance Commissioner Donna Lee Williams announced
nearly a month ago that she would not seek a fourth four-year term.
“Within hours of Donna
Lee’s announcement I started getting phone calls, either gauging my
interest or urging me to run,” Rep. Stone said. “I gave it some
Rep. Stone is the chair
of the House Economic Development, Banking and Insurance Committee.
In the fall she was appointed the chair of the National Conference
of State Legislatures’ Financial Services Committee, which is
charged with representing states’ interests to Congress as they
shape federal policy on banking, insurance and securities issues.
Rep. Stone said she
wanted to make her intentions clear prior to the annual Lincoln Day
Dinner, one of the biggest events of the year for Kent County
Republicans. The dinner is being held Saturday night.
“I wanted to let the
party know about my decision as quickly as possible so they could
speak with other potential candidates at the dinner. I’m confident
they’ll be able to find a strong candidate for this post and I plan
to do whatever I can to help that person in the insurance
commissioner’s race,” Rep. Stone said.
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